Date: 23rd February 2018 at 3:52pm
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Opposing View – 3 things to stop Tottenham sent to us from a Flying Eagle. More like a grounded finch after the match hopefully!

Despite going four games without a win, I am hopeful that our good recent record at Selhurst Park means we can triumph against Spurs.

With our only defeat at home since September coming against Arsenal last month, we can certainly give Pochettino`s men some trouble on Sunday.

Our opponents drew with League One strugglers Rochdale last time out, but we will be coming up against a team who prior to that game were in a rich vein of form, following draws away at Juventus and Liverpool in recent matches. So, can we stop Tottenham like we did with Manchester City and Chelsea? Here is how I believe we can do it:

1) Shackle Dembele

He may not be the most celebrated of Tottenham`s players, but it can be the argued that the Belgian midfielder is equally important as Eriksen, Kane and Alli to how they play.

The 30-year-old has the unique ability of turning on the ball, holding off challenges and making runs at an opponent`s backline. He frees up space for other players by running with the ball from deep, committing defenders and creating holes.

He must be stopped before he can turn on the ball. The likes of Milivojevic and McArthur must be on his case for the full ninety minutes, nibbling at his heels, and if they have to, commit fouls in order to prevent him from making his runs.

2) Deprive Eriksen and Alli of any space

Both Eriksen and Alli thrive when they allowed time to think on the ball. The Dane is very adept at moving into spaces to offer himself as an outlet for a pass. Roy will no doubt be working on a strategy to cut off the playmaker`s supply lines.

Spurs`s other main creative threat meanwhile may have not had as good a season this time around, but the England international has still had 13 assists in all competitions, already the same amount as he contributed last campaign.

If both players can be silenced, we can isolate Harry Kane, leaving the Premier League`s most lethal striker with little ammunition to hurt us with.

3) Counter attack against possession hungry opponents

Spurs love to have possession on the ball, but we can employ similar tactics to those that worked against Manchester City. If we can nullify their attacking threat and hit them with pace on the counter, we could be in business.

It`s disappointing that we still won`t have Wilfried Zaha back for his game. The Ivorian continues to have knee troubles, but he would have been ideal for playing on the counter attack in this match.

Without our No.11, it is going to be a bigger challenge, but hopefully our other speed merchant, Andros Townsend, can come up with the goods. It`s a tough task but there is a case to be made that we can come out with a result from this match.


140 Replies to “A Palace Fan Plans How His Team Can Beat Spurs”

  • Easier said than done! You can say the same things about any opposition, even City, i.e., stop Sane and Bruyne thus stop service to Aguero and hey presto, 3 points!

    I think Roy, in the absence of Zaha, will demand his players to use Townsend as the outlet. He didn’t get much of a look in against us in the previous matches. If I was asked to pick on our weakness, I’d have said, lump it up, bomabard the 18 yds box with aerial threat. I’d want us to keep an eye on Benteke. 2-0 Spurs. COYS!

  • Jeez! Just seen the injury list for Palace. 12 regulars and others out! According to Sky… “Yohan Cabaye joins Julian Speroni, Joel Ward, Martin Kelly, Scott Dann, Mamadou Sakho, Jeffrey Schlupp, Jason Puncheon, Ruben Loftus-Cheek, Wilfried Zaha, Bakary Sako and Connor Wickham in sitting out Sunday’s match.

  • ‘Our opponents drew with League One strugglers, Rochdale, last time out’ …. why does anyone mention the result against Rochdale as if it has any significance. Why do they get confused by the fact that although it’s the same club, it is not the same team they will be playing against …. in fact it’s virtually eleven different players!

  • Geofspurs,
    how do you know that Poch won’t select the same 11 that he did at Rochdale? he will if a dodgy lasagne hits the team, which is the only way I see Spurs walking away with less than three points.

  • David …. I don’t. It’s an assumption. But it’s also an assumption that Palace will be playing the same team that drew with Rochdale! I like my assumption better than the other assumption! Can I assume you agree with me? 🙂

  • Put it this way… Playing in an FA cup match with nothing to lose as such but so much to gain, is not the same as playing a match at the bottom of the 3rd tier, and with it all to lose. The sheer excitement of one, compared to the immense pressure of the other is like chalk and cheese to a professional footballer. In other words Palace have a lot more to lose in this match right now, than Rochdale have, in a one-off + replay, FA cup match… So Palace, and all my Eagle friends. Beware the Cockerel!

  • As Critical said: good luck with that. Basically, if they can stop our 5 best players and take their chances, they’ll win. Really? That’s probably true for any game in the history of football.

  • They should have beat us earlier in the season. But with their injury list and our form, this should be a 3-0 cruise. 3 points is essential for champions league qualification

  • Geofspurs,
    Of course he won’t pick the same players. Unless the rest of the players are wiped out by dodgy food at the team hotel. Reference to earlier disaster under Martin Jol, was it. A joke, mate. If Poch picked the same team as vs the Rochies we’d demand is head on a platter. Unless the rest of the players were indisposed. lol. no other excuse to lose to those lot, or even to draw to them, if the regulars are playing. unless the team has been poisoned.

  • How Liverpool are second is beyond me, with 2 poor keepers and a shocking defence they lie 2nd, kane miss peno to beat pool could be costly now more so now, we will be up against a team parking the bus safety 4 big games against top sides, failure to get 3 points means all good work 7 from 9 will mean nothing.

  • 123Spurs, They are second because they have a brilliant attack which scores goals for fun against the lesser teams. Loaded with fast smart attacking players like Salah and Mane they play a direct attacking game and the philosophy is, we can score more than you so defense isn?t our priority. Unfortunately the concept as we know from our past, beaks down against the top teams. I think we will beat them to second over the coming 11 games.

  • Well do we go for a 0-4 score or some other big result in our favour and sit and scream at the TV when we eke out a 0-1 or 1-2 score? I really can?t take another nail biter. I really want a calm blow out by my beloved Spurs…..COYS!!!! Give us something to really cheer about.

  • 123spurs, not having a dig at your post, but I read stuff like that all the time as peeps refer to a missed open goal from 3 yards to missing a penalty which may have got us a win + 3 pts. My issue with that argument is, the missed penalty was NOT the decider, we were losing at the time. Had it been 2-2 and Kane missed, I’d probably agree with you. Had he scored earlier, what’s to say Pool wouldn’t have regrouped and come at us?. If I had to find reasons for Liverpool being 2nd and not us, it would be (as I said at the time) our earlier draws v the ‘lower’ teams….they will come to haunt us imo. Also at the start of the season my opinion was that top-4 will be a big ask. However, seeing we are on our customary 2nd half charge, we are knocking on door. Be interesting to see how Poch prioritises things (top-4 v CL v FAC) and maximises effectiveness of squad rotation. As you might say, had LLorente scored at Rochdale, we might not have needed an inconvenient replay!

  • 123 … Before virtually every game we play we could say that not getting 3 points will undo the good work we’ve managed in a run of games. But what if the good run hadn’t happened in the first place? It’s the same for all teams and is just one result. Every team has a loss after a good run, unless they never lose.

  • I can guarantee one player that will be well up for it tomorrow….our own Harry, with Salah now level for the GB and Aguero not so far behind. May be a hat trick Geof for your 3-0?!

  • Off topic but I?m keeping tabs on our 17 year old attacking U18 player Reo Griffiths who has 22 goals in 20 games so far this season. Scored a Hatrick again on Saturday against Reading u18s. Has not signed a pro contract yet but this guy looks like a baller.

  • Barring a very poor performance, we should get the 3 points easily today. It will be interesting to see Poch’s team selection, given he has a full deck to choose from. We know that we’ll dominate possession, but will we be able to get through the parked bus? We need an early goal in this one to open the game up. Hopefully we’ll be clinical with our finishing.

  • I’m not so sure that we should be expecting an easy game today. Although it looks like it’s odds on to be a comfortable victory. But surely a win IS on the cards. Given their many injuries, a very patchy season and our recent good PL form… 123, 3 points today and we will be just 2 points behind Liverpool. If we win by Geofspurs’ 3 goals to nil, then our goal difference is also just 2 less than the Merseysiders. So, they are not exactly running away from the pack, as City are at the top.

  • CS, Liverpool have drawn 2 more than Spurs but only lost 3 to our 5. That is also why we are currently 5th to their 2nd place, along with our 7 draws. Draws are still better than losing. I think. 🙂

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